Moorestown Divorce Lawyers
Divorce and Separation in New Jersey
The decision to separate or divorce is never an easy one. Regardless of whether one or both spouses agree to end a marriage or civil union, many legal issues will arise. New Jersey family law and divorce attorneys at the law offices of the Hartman Group can guide you through all stages of divorce and separation with proven mediation, negotiation and litigation skills.
In New Jersey, there is no formal legal separation. Most separations in New Jersey are temporary separations covering the period of time necessary for a divorce to be finalized. However, when couples separate, child support and alimony or spousal support obligations are still present.
Proper drafting of a separation agreement can alleviate the animosity between parties to a divorce from the time of separation to the divorce decree. Formal separation agreements help ensure that no marital assets are disposed of during the time of separation and that neither party becomes responsible for the debts of the other during this time.
The attorney handling your divorce in New Jersey will discuss with you the grounds and requirements for divorce in the state, including the one year residency requirement. The grounds on which a divorce is granted does not affect the alimony, equitable distribution, child custody or child support obligations in a divorce matter, which are examined under their own specific guidelines.
Grounds for Divorce
- Irreconcilable differences (also known as breakdown of marriage);
- “No fault” separation (when a married couple lives separate lives for 18 or more months);
- Extreme mental or physical cruelty;
- Adultery (where a spouse has a personal intimate relationship with another, regardless of whether any sexual act took place);
- Desertion (willful and continuous abandonment);
- Addiction (persistent and substantial use of drugs or alcohol for at least one year by a spouse);
- Institutionalization (spouse must be in an institution for at least 18 months);
- Imprisonment (under certain circumstances); and
- Deviant sexual conduct (which occurs without a spouse’s consent).
New Jersey Divorce Lawyers at the Law Offices of the Hartman Group will Assist you in all Divorce and Separation Matters
Protecting your economic interests
Property division, also referred to as the equitable distribution of assets, is a significant part of any divorce proceeding. Alimony or spousal support are other financial considerations that must be considered while drafting a separation agreement or during divorce proceedings.
Protecting the welfare of your children
When a divorce or separation involves children, it can be especially devastating for the entire family. In addition to child custody and visitation arrangements and parenting time issues, many separation and divorce matters include issues relating to third party visitation and grandparents’ rights.
Protecting your personal safety
In some cases, separation and/or divorce is necessary to protect the personal safety of one or more of the involved parties. Dealing with domestic violence issues during separation and divorce, including the need for permanent and temporary restraining orders, can be a crucial part of the divorce process.
Hartman Group, Moorestown Divorce Lawyers with Experience, Handle Family Law Matters with Compassion
Divorce and separation can take an emotional toll on all involved parties. You do not have to go through this difficult time alone. New Jersey divorce lawyer Frances A. Hartman works with families throughout the separation and divorce process, handling your family law matters with sensitivity and compassion. With offices conveniently located in Moorestown, New Jersey, Attorney Hartman serves clients throughout New Jersey including those in Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County, Cape May County, Salem County and Atlantic County. To set up a confidential consultation with a qualified Moorestown divorce lawyer, call our family law office today at 856-235-4511 or fill out an online contact form.